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HER Number:MDV104642
Name:Leat to Fernworthy Farm


A leat channel, now dry, running east - west that formerly diverted water from the South Teign to supply Fernworthy Farm, the origins of which may date to the 11th century or even earlier.


Grid Reference:SX 659 838
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XV to Post Medieval - 1500 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Leat is depicted on the mid-19th century Tithe Map, supplying Fernworthy Farmstead.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Leat is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 56 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Water to Fernworthy Farm was diverted from the South Teign via a leat which extracted water off the
north side and ran for 590 metres dropping 15 metres in height to enter the farm court on the south side. The dry earthwork channel can be traced from there through the enclosures to the south-west of the farm, then in parts through the planted area of the forest back to the river.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #64114 ]
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 56.

Associated Monuments

MDV6630Related to: Fernworthy Farm, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV27857Related to: Fernworthy Reservoir (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992

Date Last Edited:Jul 8 2014 3:04PM